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An Integrated Approach to Chronic Pain
Findings from a unique Medicaid pilot project in Rhode Island involving high-use Medicaid recipients from two health plans were recently presented to the state's Department of Health, demonstrating stellar outcomes with regard to medication use, ER visits, health care costs and patient satisfaction.
Eczema & Acupuncture: A Sound Solution (Part 1)
Eczema affects approximately 3.5 percent of the global population and is one of the most common skin complaints seen by dermatologists.
Balancing Spring Challenges
As the winter months come to a close and warmer spring weather appears, patients may begin to present with new challenging pattern presentations.
Taking the Chiropractic Message to the Press
"There is no better place on earth to have a news event," the National Press Club boasts, and it's easy to understand why: Every year, the 108-year-old Washington, D.C.-based organization hosts countless press conferences on the hottest topics impacting America and often the world.
Bill With Confidence: Learn What to Collect
Q: I am trying to understand what I may collect from my patient when there is insurance. Do I have to accept the amount allowed by the plan or may I collect up to my billed amount? Please note, I am not a member of any insurance plan.
New Relationships, Old Trauma: AOM & Other Healing Strategies
Being in love is one the most beautiful and enjoyable experiences. Most of us are willing to pay almost any price to have that experience, and still often find it elusive or fleeting. Navigating the ups and downs of loving relationships are often challenging — even for the most psychologically balanced among us.
Clearing Blocks: A Way to Improve Cosmetic Acupuncture
As a Five Element acupuncturist who teaches facial acupuncture classes nationally, I was surprised to learn that one of the basic principles I was taught in school is unfamiliar to most acupuncturists.
Is It Time to Rethink Mental Illness? (Pt. 1)
Invariably, patients will ask their chiropractor about depression or various mental illnesses. Some practitioners will reflexively offer a cervical adjustment, suggest St. John's wort or contemplate a referral to a specialist.
A Daily Strategy for Heavy-Metal Detox
In modern society, we are constantly exposed to heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and mercury. These heavy metals have no essential biochemical roles in our body, and conversely, can cause us a great deal of harm if they build up to toxic levels.
The Visual Error Scoring System: A Concussion Tool
Postural stability and oculomotor function are the most easily recognized physical indicators of neurologic motor dysfunction associated with concussions.
News in Brief
ACA Adopts New Governance Model; ACA 2017 Awards; CCA Helps Calif. DCs "Share the Love"; $1 Million to Help Advance the Profession; D'Youville Raises the Bar on Anatomy Education; ErRatum.
An Unexpected Diagnosis: The Result of Lacking Communication
A couple years ago I had a case that showed me the importance of open communication between health practitioners. We need to show up with less fear, and let go of our judgments so we can do better for the patient.
Women's Hormones: A Western & Eastern Perspective
Sometimes it may seem that you require a degree in medicine to understand hormones and how they function.
Raditation & Your Smartphone: Is it Worth the Risk?
If radial arteries could talk (and in my experience they can to some extent), they would say, "Step away from the smartphone." At least that is the message I am receiving loud and clear as I feel the pulses of many patients.
Universal Design: Principles & Practice
In many respects, universal design serves as the core of ergonomics. It's also a good tool to use when designing a return-to-work program for injured and/or ill patients. Let's take a closer look at universal design and why it should matter to you and your patients.
Is the New Medicare Reporting Exemption Right for You?
What you've heard is not a rumor – there will be exemptions for providers of Medicare patients, with no penalties assessed for offices that do not do Quality Payment Program (EHR, PQRS, MACRA and MIPS) reporting.
A Major Role in Back Pain: The Multifidus
Back pain affects roughly 80 percent of the population at one time or another and is one of the leading causes of doctor visits.
Why I Quit Doing House Calls
My father was a chiropractor who did house calls, so when I became a DC, I figured doing house calls was part of the job. My March article recalled my experience as a small boy, accompanying my dad while he went to patients' homes to treat them.
Creating Good Business Buzz
What do patients really think about working with you? Rarely do you hear the whole truth. Those who improve may be candid in their gratitude.
Inspire to Be Higher
I have been a part of the massage therapy profession for 24 years. Like most therapists, I entered the profession because I find joy in helping others feel good about themselves. Consequently, massage therapists often succumb to the demands of caring for everyone else and neglect taking care of themselves. My goal is to inspire you, the massage therapist, to reach higher than that.
One of the most important choices an individual must make in their life is to take complete responsibility for their own well-being. It's the core of developing high self-esteem and strong self-worth. You can't hold yourself in high regard if you don't take care of yourself. If your time is so consumed with the care of others that you become exhausted, sick, injured or burned out, what message do you ultimately send to your clients? Most therapists learn the importance of teaching their clients to stay healthy in body, mind and spirit. However, are they inspired enough to live that lifestyle for themselves?
Therapists tend to sleep less than the recommended eight hours their bodies need to re-energize each night. They disregard their nutritional needs and avoid the proper amounts of stretch and exercise needed to stay strong enough to do the job. In general, they work too hard and play too little. I encourage you to self-evaluate and take a long look in the mirror. If you see a healthy, energized and stimulated individual looking back at you - great! If you don't see something you are happy with, don't be discouraged - get inspired! Begin by doing small things for yourself; things that not only make your body and mind feel better, but raise you higher and build your self-esteem and self-worth.
"Where and how do I start?" might be the question running through your mind right now. Start at the beginning. Be kind to your body and begin a self-care program. This is not something that has to be fancy or expensive. Get more rest, drink water and add a more balanced diet including fruits and vegetables. Take time to walk outside and enjoy the fresh air.
As massage therapists, we need to target specific muscles to stay healthy and active, and prevent injuries. If we neglect to do this, we run the risk of ending our careers much sooner than needed. The abdominal and lower back muscles always are a good place to start, as they are largely over-used in this profession.
Unless you have a medical condition that would contraindicate such exercise, I recommend an exercise ball. This is a great tool to assist in doing crunches and keeping the core muscle groups strong. Some therapists like to replace their chair with a ball to sit on because it makes you use your core muscles without even thinking about them. I stretch my back using the exercise ball by laying on it and gently rocking myself back and forth.
For the mid-back, I like to stretch the pectoral muscles in three planes. Place arms straight out in front of you, palms together at chest level. Bring the arms behind you as far as is comfortable. Then repeat the stretch at a 45-degree angle above your shoulders and then at a 45-degree angle down by your waist. I like to use an exercise band to strengthen my trapezius and rhomboids by holding the band in front of me and contracting my muscles, bringing my shoulders toward my spine.
Remember, if you look in the mirror and don't like what you see, don't feel bad - get inspired. Become higher in body, mind and spirit.
The Self-Care Wellness Team
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